Sony X-Series Walkman video preview

16 January 2009 No Comment Mike Evans

Sony Walkman X-Series media player
Sony have launched the Sony X-Series Walkman, the first Walkman designed to take on the iPod Touch. Not only can this beast play music and videos, it’ll also let you browse the Web, and comes with Wi-Fi and a user interface that’s at least as good as Apple’s legendary multi-touch interface.

In other words, it’s the first PMP from Sony that is a genuine contender to the iPod Touch.

My first reaction on hearing this news was “about bloody time!” I mean, the iPod Touch is a fantastic device, but it’s been around for a while, and the user interface that it uses, coming as it does from the iPhone, has been around for even longer. It’s not like Sony didn’t know what was coming, so I’ve not idea what took them so long in developing a genuine contender.
Sony Walkman X-Series
Fortunately, though, the contender is here now, and it’s a beauty. With a 3″ OLED screen that’s actually better than the iPod Touch’s while drawing less power, the Sony X-Series is the smaller device of the two, and arguably looks the more handsome.

It has better sound quality as well, thanks to Sony’s legendary audio electronics, with completely digital internals and Sony’s advanced Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (which does exactly what it says on the tin). There’s even an extremely effective noise cancellation system, which removes any extraneous noise from the background, ensuring you get crystal clear music wherever you are.

It’s not about the music though…

Sony X-Series Walkman MP3 player
Unfortunately, MP3 players are not about the music these days.

Sure they have to sound good, but it’s how they look and the range of features that they have that also helps them sell.

In this, the iPod Touch killed the competition.

With Wi-Fi and Web browsing taken straight from the iPhone, and with the iPhone’s amazing user interface, no other PMP player even came close.

Well they do now.

Sony has seen the light and has also included Wi-Fi and Web browsing into its Walkman X-Series.

Not only can you download tunes from the Internet, but you can also watch YouTube videos wherever there’s a Wi-Fi connection.

Sony takes on Apple’s interface

Best of all, though, must be the Walkman X-Series’s user interface. Fully touch sensitive, it does exactly what the iPod Touch’s interface does, and then some.

There’s a CoverFlow equivalent, which lets you thumb your way through album art to select your tune; and there’s also a nifty feature for fast forwarding through videos – when the video’s playing, simply slide your finger forwards or backwards over it to jump forwards or backwards in time.

Check out the video below to see for yourself just how well this works.

Summary

In short, Sony has done what they should have done years ago – developed a Walkman that can truly take on the iPod Touch at its own game. Apple set the bar amazingly high when it released the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it’s only now that we’re seeing genuine competitors finally emerge. Let battle commence!

The Sony Walkman X-Series release date is set for summer 2009, priced $299 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 32GB model.

[Source: Akihabara News,Stuff.tv]

 

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